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A Suitable Boy: THE CLASSIC BESTSELLER AND MAJOR BBC DRAMA

Vikram Seth

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India, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The superb, million-copy bestseller - NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES - from 'the best writer of his generation' THE TIMES

NAMED ONE OF THE BBC'S 100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AND MODERN CLASSIC: NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES

'A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel' Evening Standard

ONE OF THE BBC'S 100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD

A modern classic, this epic tale of families, romance and political intrigue, set in India, never loses its power to delight and enchant readers.

At its core, A Suitable Boy is a love story: the tale of Lata - and her mother's - attempts to find her a suitable husband, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. At the same time, it is the story of India, newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis as a sixth of the world's population faces its first great general election and the chance to map its own destiny.

'Seth is the best writer of his generation' The Times

'Fiction on a grand scale. By the time you reach the last page you will have absorbed a splendid story, full of the tangle and perfume of India' Sunday Telegraph

'The greatness of the novel, its unassailable truthfulness, owes less to research than to imagination, an instinctive knowledge of the human heart' Observer

'You should make time for it. It will keep you company for the rest of your life' The Times

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Praise for A Suitable Boy: THE CLASSIC BESTSELLER AND MAJOR BBC DRAMA

  • No one, surely, could wish this novel shorter ... the greatness of the novel, its unassailable truthfulness, owes less to research than to imagination, an instinctive knowledge of the human heart - OBSERVER

  • A long, sweet, sleepless pilgrimage to life ... such writing reminds us that there are secrets beyond technique, beyond even style - GUARDIAN

  • Vikram Seth is already the best writer of his generation - THE TIMES

  • A quietly monumental novel . . . [Seth] has given that unlikeliest of hybrids, a modest tour de force - TLS

  • Conceived on a grand scale of the great 19th century novels - War and Peace, Middlemarch - A Suitable Boy grows to match them in breadth and depth . . . [A] massive and magnificent book - Sunday Times

  • A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel of 19th century storytelling in the language of today - EVENING STANDARD

  • An immensely enjoyable novel which describes with unhurried pace the panorama of India . . . Everything appears familiar to us, yet in fact it is newly minted by a master artist - Hindustan Times

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Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth was born in 1952. He trained as an economist and has lived for several years each in England, California, China and India. He is the author of A Suitable Boy, which was an international number one bestseller, An Equal Music and several other novels. He has also written five volumes of poetry including Beastly Tales.

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